Kelowna gets funding for homeless count

City chosen to hold a count of the number of homeless on Kelowna streets in coordinated, cross Canada 2018 Point in Time count

  • Feb. 22, 2017 8:00 a.m.
Canadian cities will host a coordinated Point in Time Count again in 2018.

Canadian cities will host a coordinated Point in Time Count again in 2018.

Kelowna will receive funding to hold another official count of the number of homeless living on city streets, in the second coordinated Point in Time Count.

Counts will take place across Canada in 2018 and will be compared to numbers from the 2016 Point in Time Count, (PiT) that Kelowna held.

Funding for the PiT came as part of a $3 million dollar announcement from the federal government Wednesday.

The 2018 Coordinated Point-in-Time (PiT) count will help communities measure their progress in reducing homelessness and will contribute to the understanding of homelessness throughout Canada.

Communities can also choose to implement a joint PiT count and registry, which helps the community to create a by-name list of individuals experiencing homelessness.

Findings from the 2018 Coordinated PiT count, when coupled with results from the 2016 Coordinated PiT count, will provide important insight into changes in the homeless population over time.

In 2016, a total of 32 communities participated in the first nationally coordinated PiT count. Key findings from this PiT count were published here.